According to the latest statistics, gum disease is the most common cause of tooth loss in adults in the UK and this is shocking because it is entirely preventable. At Aqua Dental Spa we actively promote good oral hygiene and positive lifestyle choices to help our patients enjoy healthy teeth and gums and prevent unnecessary suffering. We provide treatment for gum disease, as well as preventative services and advice about brushing, flossing and healthy eating.
Gum disease is one of those illnesses that won’t go away if you leave it; in fact, it will get worse with time and what could have been a mild illness that is easily treatable can quickly develop into a much more serious condition.
Spotting the signs of gum disease
Gum disease progresses fairly quickly, so it’s really beneficial to be aware of the early warning signs. We encourage our patients to look out for symptoms such as bleeding gums, which are usually noticeable when you brush your teeth and swelling and soreness in the gums. If you do happen to notice these signs, it’s best to arrange to see your dentist as soon as you can.
Treating gum disease
The mild form of gum disease, known as gingivitis, can usually be treated with good oral hygiene and treatments to free the mouth from bacteria and plaque, which can be provided by your dentist or dental hygienist. If gingivitis is left untreated, it develops into periodontal disease, which is much more complex in terms of treatment. Advanced gum disease requires very careful management and usually involves frequent sessions with the dentist and dental hygienist, to remove bacteria, plaque and tartar from the mouth and prevent the spread of infection. The aim of treatment is to reduce the risk of further damage and to ease pain and associated symptoms.
The best way to stave off gum disease is to practise and maintain good oral hygiene at home and avoid eating sugary and acidic foods and drinks.